BBC micro:bit Block programming and input/output

Nick Cook, Newcastle University

Description

The BBC micro:bit is being given to every Year 7 child in the country. It will also be available for purchase in the near future. This then opens up the possibility of using the micro:bit in primary and secondary. In this session we will use the micro:bit Block language (which similar to Scratch) and some of the many interesting things that can be done with the device. It is a chance for both primary and secondary teachers to get some hands-on practice with the device. We will also look at how the micro:bit can be used with input/output devices, similar to use of the Crumble controller.

Nick Cook's biography

Nick is a lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University teaching operating systems and systems programming to Stage 2 undergraduates. He is responsible for CS outreach and widening participation. He has been an active member of CAS since 2010 and leads CAS North East (http://casne.ncl.ac.uk/), the Computing At School regional centre for the North East of England.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2, KS3

Room: BSTC Side - PC cluster, ground floor Barbara Strang Teaching Centre


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